Public Statements by Committees and Sections

 

As Amended by the LACBA Executive Committee
March 22, 1995

 

Recognizing that there is often a need for sections and committees to express their public positions promptly, and recognizing also the need to avoid conflicting statements by committees or sections, the Board of Trustees has adopted the following policy relating to public statements by committees and sections. For the purposes of this policy, "public statements" shall be defined as any position, statement or non-continuing legal education presentation (including, but not limited to awards) likely to be communicated beyond the membership of the Association, provided however, that legislative advocacy shall be governed by a separate policy.

"After obtaining the approval of the President, or in his or her absence, the senior officer of the Association available (and with the understanding that the President, or in his or her absence, such other officer, may deem it advisable to seek the advance approval of the Board of Trustees), committees or sections of the Association may issue appropriate public reports or statements in their own name. However, a committee or section may not speak in the name of the Association without the prior approval of the Board of Trustees."

To eliminate possible misunderstanding with respect to statements by subcommittees of committees or sections, the officers have adopted this clarifying statement:

"A subcommittee of an Association committee may issue  statements in its own name where prior approval of the proposed statement has been obtained by the subcommittee from both the full committee and the President, or in his or her absence, the senior officer of the Association available.

A committee of a section may issue statements in its own name where prior approval of the proposed statement has been obtained by the committee from the section executive committee and the President, or in his or her absence, the senior officer of the Association available.

A subcommittee of a section committee may issue statements in its own name where prior approval of the proposed statement has been obtained by the subcommittee from the full committee, the section executive committee and the President, or in his or her absence the senior officer of the Association available."